Nick Dufresne, a junior, does pushups with his teammates during football pre-season training at RAF Alconbury, England, on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014. Their training focused on conditioning rather than ball-handling skills.
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By Adam L. Mathis Published: August 21, 2014
First in a series of looks at high school football camps around Europe:
Five things observed from a visit to Alconbury's pre-season football practices:
The University of Michigan men’s basketball team will visit the army base Caserma Del Din in Vicenza on Wednesday, Aug. 20, as part of a multi-stop Italian hoops tour.
The Wolverines will start their base visit by serving lunch to and dining with servicemembers at 11:30 a.m., said Rob Veney, coach of the post’s military basketball program and an organizer of the event in conjunction with MWR. At 1 p.m., the team will meet with soldiers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team and 509th Signal Battalion, then conclude their visit with a shootaround and autograph signing from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Less than a week ago, three Germany-based, American military-affiliated youth baseball and softball teams harbored hopes of playing their way into a stateside World Series. But all of those aspirations have since been extinguished.
The Kaiserslautern Military Community Little League baseball team, ages 11-12, started their run in the Europe-Africa regional tournament in promising fashion with a 13-0 opening win over France on July 15. But the road grew rocky from there. Belgium beat the Americans 17-10 the next day, and Czech Republic finished off the U.S. squad with a tough 4-1 decision on July 17. The Czechs went on to win the tournament at Kutno, Poland, and claim a berth in the famed Little League World Series next month in Williamsport, Pa.
The Kaiserslautern Military Community Little League baseball team moved another round closer to Williamsport, Pa., over the weekend with a best-of-three series win over German squad North Rhine-Westphalia.
With the victory, the KMC 11 and 12-year-old all-stars captured the German national championship. The squad now advances to the Europe-Africa regional tournament starting July 14 at Kutno, Poland; the winner of that tournament will play in the famed Little League World Series in Williamsport next month.
A pair of Kaiserslautern Military Community youth baseball squads are deep in the throes of the postseason, hoping to scrape their way into their age division’s stateside World Series.
The KMC’s Junior League (ages 12-14) squad is off to a strong start at the Europe-Africa regional tournament in Kutno, Poland. The 10-team bracket kicked off Sunday, and the Americans celebrated with an 11-1 rout of host Poland. A hard-fought 3-2 loss to the United Kingdom on Tuesday evened the squad’s record to 1-1.
DODDS-Europe has chosen accomplished multi-sport senior stars Kelsey Thomas of Wiesbaden and Jourdan Hodge of Lakenheath as its 2014 Athletes of the Year, athletic director Karen Seadore announced this week.
Male Athlete of the Year Thomas sandwiched two standout running seasons with a brilliant campaign on the basketball court. He placed sixth in the DODDS-Europe cross country championships in the fall. In the winter, Thomas earned first-team All-Europe and All-Tournament honors in leading the Warriors to an appearance in the Division I boys basketball championship game. He capped his final prep season with a successful trip to the DODDS-Europe track and field championships, collecting gold medals as part of the Wiesbaden sprint medley and 4x800 relay teams and earning a second-place individual finish at 1,600 meters.
Kamiko Williams, an All-Europe girls basketball player and DODDS-Europe Division I champion at Kaiserslautern in 2006, will miss her second season with the WNBA’s New York Liberty due to injury.
Liberty coach and general manager Bill Laimbeer announced Thursday that Williams tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee during the team’s training camp on Tuesday.
Williams was drafted 15th overall in the 2013 WNBA Draft after a standout career at Tennessee. The 5-foot-11 guard played in 34 games last season, including 18 starts, and averaged 2.6 points and 2.1 rebounds per game. She played for Elitzur Maclaren Holon of the Israeli League over the winter, averaging 15.8 points and 8.1 rebounds per game.
The United States outlasted Serbia 74-68 in the semifinal round of the Albert Schweitzer under-18 boys basketball tournament on Friday, earning the opportunity to play for the country's first Schweitzer title since 1996. The Americans will face Italy at 4:15 p.m. CET Saturday at GBG Halle in Mannheim, Germany.
The U.S. fought back from a five-point halftime deficit and pulled away from a persistent Serbian team with a 12-3 run over the game's final minutes. Ethan Happ paced the squad with 29 points and 13 rebounds, both game-high totals, along with seven steals and three blocked shots. Elijah Burns scored 14 and Scott Lindsey 11 for the Americans.
The United States entry in the biannual Albert Schweitzer under-18 boys basketball tournament will play Serbia on Friday night with a spot in the event's championship game on the line. The semifinal game tips off at 8:30 p.m. CET at GBG Halle in Mannheim, Germany; the winner will play the winner of Friday's semifinal between Italy and Turkey for the title on Saturday at 4:15 p.m. at the same venue.
The American squad, playing for its first Schweitzer title since 1996, continued its undefeated run through the tournament Thursday with an 84-76 defeat of Italy. Brock Miller led the U.S. with 22 points, while Wisconsin commit Ethan Happ posted 21 points and a game-high 17 rebounds.
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